Dr. Melanie Johnson has been a cyclist for many years. When she worked as the Director of Education for Space Center Houston, she lived in the suburbs and recalls bringing her teenage sons into town on Sunday evenings to “ride the trails of the city.” They would load up their own bikes and haul them to town every trip until she came across the BCycle station at Sabine Bridge. From that point on, renting BCycles became part of their regular Sunday routine. They started exploring the Buffalo Bayou Park trails then changed their route, eventually covering The Museum District, Rice Village and Downtown Houston, all on a BCycle.
Two years ago, when Dr. Johnson was appointed as president and CEO of The Health Museum, she and her family moved into a condo in central Houston. With less storage space, they opted to get rid of their personal bikes and purchased memberships to Houston BCycle. One of her first goals at The Health Museum was to get a BCycle station added to the property and on Monday, July 24th
a new 15 dock BCycle station will be installed outside their La Branch Street entrance. When asked about the new Health Museum station, Dr. Johnson said, “To have a BCycle station here just makes sense! There are stations at Hermann Park and Museum of Fine Arts that are always very busy, so adding a location at the Health Museum along with the one going in at McGovern Centennial Gardens will better connect this area. Additionally, we want people to be able to bike to The Health Museum. We try our best to serve the community around us and make sure that it’s a healthy community, so adding a bike share option and continuing to improve our bike lanes and infrastructure through the Museum District just makes sense.”
If you’ve yet to visit the Health Museum, it is an interactive science center with a series of educational exhibits and experiences focused on health and the human body. One of the most popular exhibits allows you to ride a bike with a skeleton to see how your bones move as you pedal. The BCycle station at The Health Museum marks the 7th
station in the Museum District and the 45th
BCycle station in Houston.